Chikungunya toll mounts to four in India's capital, over 1,000 cases this season

State health minister Satyendra Jain today blamed the local body, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), for the Chikungunya outbreak in national capital.? Photograph:( Getty )

New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 13, 2016, 08.49 AM (IST)
The death toll due to the vector-borne disease Chikungunya has gone up to four in India's national capital.

Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital recorded two more deaths today, a day after a 65-year-old man died due to the vector-borne disease here. 

A 22-year-old girl succumbed to the disease on September 1 at Hindu Rao Hospital.

The number of Chikungunya cases have crossed over 1,000 this season, marking a jump of nearly 90 per cent from its count last week. 

Three men between the ages of 61 and 65 years had multi-organ failures within 24 hours of being admitted to Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital with severe complications, Indian daily Hindustan Times said. 

Meanwhile, the state health minister Satyendra Jain faced accusations of negligence over the rising number of cases in the capital. 

But the Aam Aadmi Party official turned the tables at the Centre and lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung, saying the local body, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is to be blamed for the Chikungunya outbreak.

Jain said it is the local body which is not doing its duty whereas the Delhi government has taken all measures to combat the vector-borne disease.

"We are making all efforts and keeping track of everything. One should ask what the MCD is doing. All of it is MCD's job. To curb all these diseases is the job of MCD. They are not doing anything. No fogging is being done, they are taking no measures to combat the spread of vector-borne diseases," he was quoted as saying. 

"We are doing everything on our part. We have made all arrangements in the hospitals, there are sufficient numbers of beds, patients` are being attended. We have taken care of everything. Delhi government hospitals are fully equipped to deal with any crisis," he added.

Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit criticised the state government, "We saw no fumigation this time in the city. If the government doesn't fulfill responsibility how will it work? It is government's responsibility to take pre-emptive steps when this season arrives before people get sick."

(WION with inputs from agencies)